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[fawr-mat] /ˈfɔr mæt/

the shape and size of a book as determined by the number of times the original sheet has been folded to the leaves.
Compare , (def 2), , .
the general physical appearance of a book, magazine, or newspaper, such as the typeface, binding, quality of paper, margins, etc.
the organization, plan, style, or type of something:
The format of the show allowed for topical and controversial gags.
Computers. the arrangement of data for computer input or output, such as the number and size of fields in a record or the spacing and punctuation of information in a report.
verb (used with object), formatted, formatting.
to plan or provide a format for:
to format the annual telethon.

verb (used without object), formatted, formatting.
to devise a format.
the general appearance of a publication, including type style, paper, binding, etc
an approximate indication of the size of a publication as determined by the number of times the original sheet of paper is folded to make a leaf See also duodecimo, quarto
style, plan, or arrangement, as of a television programme

verb (transitive) -mats, -matting, -matted
to arrange (a book, page, etc) into a specified format

1840, via French format (18c.), ultimately from Modern Latin liber formatus “a book formed” (in such and such a way), referring to shape, size; from past participle of formare “to form” (see form (v.)).

used chiefly of computers, 1964, from format (n.). Related: Formatted; formatting.
Noun The arrangement of data for storage or display.


1. disk format – to prepare a new, blank disk for writing.
2. file format – how data is arranged in a specific type of file.


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